51 Suggested Events in Western MA: January 12-18, 2019

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Jan 12

The Common School: Community, collaboration, creativity, social justice, inclusivity, environmental stewardship- Come learn how these words are put into action at their Open House, Saturday, January 12, from 10am-12noon. Featuring: Their own Nursery Teacher, Jean Meister, teaching a movement class from 11:40- 12:00 (all visiting children are invited to participate). Play in their classrooms, meet their teachers, and chat with current parents. Light refreshments provided. Questions? Contact Director of Admissions, Dana Kadish at outreach@commonschool.org or visit www.commonschool.org.

Auditions Jan 20

Hatchery, the School for Contemporary Dance & Thought’s amazing teen dance company for ages 13-18 now in its 3rd year, will host auditions on Sunday, Jan 20 from 1-3pm. Hatchery is a dance company for exceptional teens from diverse backgrounds who love move and create, offers dance training in contemporary techniques with an emphasis on developing the choreographic voice. Auditions will be held at STUDIO4, 25 Main Street (4th floor) in Northampton. Register for a one minute solo to share at www.scdtnoho.com. In addition to studying with internationally acclaimed artists, members will choreograph their own work, receive mentorship from experts in the field, and create a dynamic, inspiring performance for the Pioneer Valley.

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Winter Homeschool Programs start Friday, 1/4 (9:30 am-2:00 pm), in Amherst, MA. Heron -ages 8+; Swift Eagle -preteens/teens. Since 1999, hundreds of children have developed their nature awareness, wilderness survival skills & mentoring with Earthwork Programs. Curriculum covered is seasonal according to the cycles of nature & is designed to allow students to explore what interests them but still revolve around group studies. Ice safety, hypothermia prevention, shelter building, tracking, more! $440-$560, sliding scale, for 8-week Winter sessions. Register online ASAP: earthworkprograms.com or call 413-340-1161.

Truth School Spring 2019 Trainings begin Jan 26 and run through May 26. Throughout the Pioneer Valley, there are free series classes and one-time sessions. There are free classes geared to elders, people of color, white people, transgender individuals, people of faith, seasoned activists and newly activated activists. There are free trainings on circle practice, sanctuary, planning meetings that get things done, reparations, abolition, workers’ rights, nonviolent direct action and so much more. Each free training connects to some dimension of building social justice movements – the gathering of people and resources together to create a more just society. Free to participate. Registration is required. truthschool.org

Looking for after-school classes and enrichment programs in the region? Check out our Online Directory! Western MA is rich in after-school learning opportunities that supplement the interests of our children, teens, and lifelong learners, our online directory allows us to partner with organizations and teachers to offer families a go-to resource for finding an activity that fits their families interests. ♦ If you have a class or program you would like to add to our directory, contact us at info@hilltownfamilies.org for more information on how you can be added at any time.

Hilltown Families Preschool Directory: Are you looking for a preschool that fits your child’s personality and reflects your family’s values for next year? Check out our  Preschool Directory, which features preschools and programs across Western MA., Find the perfect place for your young one! ♦  If you have a school or program you would like to add to our directory, contact us at info@hilltownfamilies.org for more information on how you can be added at any time.

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Events Happening in the Hilltown

Trees and their ability to create a sanctuary in a community through annual events and family traditions play out before us, layered within our personal experiences in community and cultural heritage. If we pay attention and get curious about the impact native species have both outside and within ourselves, new discoveries and a deepening meaning of life emerge. Read more in our post, Learning through the Lens of Evergreens.

Saturday, January 12, 9-10am – Hilltown Family Variety Show Children Songs from Around the World Episode with Guest DJ, Priscilla Ahn. Commercial-free family radio. Tune in on your FM dial, or listen live via streaming audio at www.valleyfreeradio.org. Click here select from over 12 years of archived shows!

Saturday, January 12, 10am – Start with Art at The Clark Art Institute. Williamstown, MA.

Saturday, January 12, 10-11am – Evergreens and Beyond: Family Science Series at Hitchcock Center for the Environment. Amherst. MA

Saturday, January 12, 10am – Family STEM at the Westhampton Library. Westhampton, MA.

Saturday, January 12, 10am-2pm – Amherst Winter Farmers’ Market at Hampshire Mall. Hadley, MA.

Saturday, January 12, 10:30-11:30am – Family Story Hour at Belding Memorial Library. Ashfield, MA.

Saturday, January 12, 10am-12noon – The Common School: Community, collaboration, creativity, social justice, inclusivity, environmental stewardship- learn how these words are put into action at their Open House, Saturday, January 12, from 10am-12noon. Featuring: Their Nursery Teacher, Jean Meister, teaching a movement class from 11:40- 12:00 (all visiting children are invited to participate). Play in their classrooms, meet their teachers and chat with current parents. Light refreshments provided. Questions? Contact Director of Admissions, Dana Kadish at outreach@commonschool.org or visit www.commonschool.org.

Saturday, January 12, 12:45-3pm – Monthly Creative Writing Drop-in Workshop for Teens at the East Longmeadow Public Library.  East Longmeadow, MA.

Saturday, January 12, 1-3:30pm – Peter Pan at Amherst Leisure Services Community Theater. Amherst, MA.

Saturday, January 12, 2-4pm – 3D Printing: An Introduction at Make-It Springfield. Springfield, MA.

Saturday, January 12, 6-9pm – Movie Night: In Search of Israeli Cuisine at Beit Ahavah Synagogue. Florence, MA.

Saturday, January 12, 7-9pm – Cacao Ceremony at Sacred Roots Healing. Easthampton, MA.

Saturday, January 12, 7:30pm – Holyoke High School Theater Company Presents: Caught in the Act.  Holyoke, MA.


HFVS’s Children Songs from Around the World Episode airs this weekend on WXOJ. To learn more about world music, check out our column, Music Trekking: Traveling the World in Song

Sunday, January 13, 7-8am – Hilltown Family Variety Show Children Songs from Around the World Episode with Guest DJ, Priscilla Ahn. Commercial-free family radio. Tune in on your FM dial, or listen live via streaming audio at www.valleyfreeradio.org. Click here select from over 12 years of archived shows!

Sunday, January 13, 9:30am-4:30pm – Science and Spirit of Buddhist Parenting at Insight Meditation Center of Pioneer Valley. Easthampton, MA.

Sunday, January 6, 10am-12noon – Sunday Morning Public Meditation at Shelburne Falls Shambhala Center. Shelburne Falls, MA.

Sunday, January 13, 11am-6 pm – Yolka! A Slavic Christmas Celebration at the Greek Cultural Center. Springfield, MA.

Sunday, January 13, 12noon – 4th Annual Hilltown Spectacular at the New Hingham Elementary School. Chesterfield, MA.

Sunday, January 13, 12:30pm – Bolshoi Ballet performance of Don Quixote screens at the Amherst Cinema. Amherst, MA

Sunday, January 13, 1pm – All Ears: Kids Make Music at The Clark. Williamstown, MA.

Sunday, January 13, 1-3:30pm – Peter Pan at Amherst Leisure Services Community Theater. Amherst, MA.

Sunday, January 13, 1-6pm – Homeopathy Film Festival at the Academy of Music Theater.  Northampton, MA.

Sunday, January 13, 3-5pm – The Amherst Family Dance at The Common School. Amherst, MA.

Sunday, January 13, 4-5:30pm – Parenting Workshop: Autism Spectrum Disorders from Toddlers to Teens at Northampton Area Pediatrics. Northampton, MA.

Sunday, January 13, 5:30-7:30pm – Valley Vegan Society January Potluck at Cafe Evolution. Florence, MA.


Between this featured title at the Storrs cookbook bookclub and the Valley Vegan Society Potluck on Sunday, you just might be interested in local vegetarian resturants our readers have recommended. Check them out in our post, Healthy & Vegetarian, Kid-Friendly Restaurants in the Pioneer Valley.

Monday, January 14, 3pm – Teens Arts Program: Plant and Take Flower Bulbs. Forbes Library. Northampton, MA.

Monday, January 14, 3:30-4:30pm – Brick Builders Club at the Emily Williston Memorial Library. Easthampton, MA.

Monday, January 14, 6-7:30pm – Monthly Cookbook Bookclub, The Moosewood Restaurant Table! Storrs Library. Longmeadow, MA.

Monday, January 14, 6pm – Boosting immunity with essential oils at the Greenfield Public Library. Greenfield, MA.

Monday, January 14, 6:30-8pm –  Ice Harvesting in New England discussion at the Westhampton Public Library. Westhampton, MA


Tuesday, January 15, 8am – Volunteer Wreath CLEAN UP Day at Massachusetts Veterans’ Memorial Cemetery. Agawam, MA.

By learning basic animal tracking, even the most amateur naturalists can begin to learn about the ways of creatures who are active during the wintertime. Read more in our post, Learning Landscape for January: Tracking to Learn Winter Habits.

Tuesday, January 15, 6pm – Adams Free Library is hosting MA Audubon’s “Whose Tracks Are These?”  Learn to recognize tracks, patterns, sounds and other clues of secretive wild mammals to discover who lives near you. Adams, MA.

Tuesday, January 15, 3pm – Rubber Duckie Soap Making Workshop at the East Longmeadow Public Library. East Longmeadow, MA. Ages 12 & up. Registration required. East Longmeadow, MA

Tuesday, January 15, 4:30-5:30pm – Yo-Yo School at A2Z. Open to all ages. Read how Yo-Yo school encourages understanding of physics alongside tremendous manual dexterity.  Northampton, MA.

Tuesday, January 15, 6:30pm – The Art and Craft of Windsor Chairs at the Storrs Library. Longmeadow, MA.


Wednesday, January 16, 11am – Music Storytime with Mr. Liam. Ages 1.5-6. Forbes Library. Northampton, MA.

Wednesday, January 16, 4-7pm – Weaving Wednesdays at the Emily Williston Memorial Library. Easthampton, MA.

Wednesday, January 16, 6-8pm – Crafts Nite & Social Circle at Sheep & Shawl. Bring portable craft or start a new project. South Deerfield, MA.

Wednesday, January 16, 7pm –  UMass Men’s Basketball vs. George Mason at Mullins Center. Amherst, MA.

Wednesday, January 16, 6:30pm – Dancing Through Time, a spirited ragtime-era dancing demonstration at the Storrs Library. Longmeadow, MA


Where did the saying “Upper crust” comes from? Find out in our post, Culinary & Family History Through the Apple Pie.

Thursday, January 17, 9:30-11:15am – Preschool Fair at Northampton Parents Center. Northampton, MA.

Thursday, January 17, 5:30-6:30pm – Bullet Journaling at Westhampton Public Library. Ages 12+. BYO journal. Westhampton, MA.

Thursday, January 17, 6pm – History of New England through Pie, a talk with author Robert Cox at Gaylord Memorial Library. South Hadley, MA.

Thursday, January 17, 6-8pm – Balanced and Barefoot: Outdoor Play Makes for Strong Children, lecture by author, pediatric occupational therapist, and founder of TimberNook, Angela Hanscom, will be at Hitchcock Center for the Environment. Amherst, MA.

Thursday, January 17, 7:30-10pm – Peter Pan at Amherst Leisure Services Community Theater. Amherst, MA.


Studies show that children need “rough and tumble” outdoor play in order to develop their sensory, motor, and executive functions!

Friday, January 18, 10:30-11:30am – Winter Bugs Kidleidoscope Story Hour at the Great Falls Discovery Center. Ages 3-6. Turners Falls, MA.

Friday, January 18, 12:30-3pm – Teen Movie Afternoon at East Longmeadow Public Library. Screening, Solo: A Star Wars Story (PG13). East Longmeadow, MA.

Friday, January 18, 1:30-2:30pm – Balanced and Barefoot: Outdoor Play Makes for Strong Children, lecture by author, pediatric occupational therapist, and founder of TimberNook, Angela Hanscom, will be at Hitchcock Center for the Environment. Amherst, MA.

Friday, January 18, 2-3pm –  Teaching of Nepalese Games and Mandela’s at the Dickinson Memorial Library. Northfield, MA.

Friday, January 18, 6pm – Self-directed Figure Drawing class. Northampton, MA.

Friday, January 18, 7:30-10pm – Peter Pan at Amherst Leisure Services Community Theater. Amherst, MA.


Hilltown Families’ list of Suggested Events is supported in part by grants from the Amherst, Agwam, Buckland, Gill, Hadley,Hatfield, Hinsdale/Peru, and Tyringham Cultural Councils, local agencies which are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

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